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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim DLC Dawnguard

Long have I been an Elder Scrolls fan. I have tried playing Arena and Hammerfell, but have owned and played Morrowind, Oblivion, and recently Skyrim. Skyrim has the best graphics and arguably one of the advanced engines. However, Morrowind seems to be a favorite amongst die-hard fans for various reasons, most of which I agree with. But for now, I'd like to only talk about Skyrim's latest DLC Dawnguard.

Vampires have been apart of TES series for many years with quests involving vampires both helping them and destroying them. Players of the games have mixed feelings about vampires with some wanting to become vampires and others loathing anything involving vampires. I've been mostly apart of the latter as games like Oblivion made me stay as far away from vampires as possible because I didn't want to become one. But the new DLC has made me enjoy vampire quests and a new storyline involving them.

In this DLC, Bethesda continues in the motion that they've gone in just about every one of their RPG games where you are able to choose a side to be on. In this DLC, players are allowed to choose whether they want to be on the vampires' side or be on the side opposing them. I chose the side against the vampires while my brother chose the side with the vampires.

The DLC is amazing. At first, I was a little skeptical because I usually don't enjoy too many DLCs that don't add new things like new areas or completely new maps, new weapons/items, have weak storylines. All of which are included in this pack in a very nice way. New places have been added to the Skyrim map that everyone enjoys. So far, my follower has also been able to follow me into every area. New caves and buildings have been added to the map for the new story.

The items have been a great add. Crossbows make a comeback in a great way. (How could you not have crossbows in a game with vampires anyway?) The game utilizes the crossbows in some very fun and realistic ways. You'd have to try them out to see for yourself. As well as crossbows, new additions have been made to weapons. Now, you are able to create arrows and crossbows in a forge like you would any other type of armor or weapon! Of course new armor has also been added to the game for that vampire feel. New followers have also been added and not just human ones... In my version of the story, I am able to have a troll follow me that has armor! New armored dogs have also been added to the story.

The missions are very engaging. Normally, I feel very tired after a few missions and want to put the game away, but this new story has me on the edge of my seat, regretting when I have to put down the controller and walk away from the game. The characters seem so real and the story isn't solely about you but includes you in some awesome ways.

The developers have put lots of effort into the game and this DLC is definitely one of the best that I've tried, you will not regret getting it. I am only just starting the DLC so I am not able to provide every single detail about the game, plus, I wouldn't want to ruin the story for anyone that hasn't played the game yet.

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